July 1, 2005 Lois McClure
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Art Cohn is the Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. He is a professional diver and has coordinated and participated in Lake Champlain's archaeological projects for the past twenty years.
Cohn is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology at both the University of Vermont and Texas A&M University.
He serves aboard Lois McClure as a tugboat operator and able-bodied crew member.

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GREETINGS FROM THE CREW!

July 1, 2005

Our visit to the historic village of Essex, N.Y. was wonderful. After a one day delay caused by high winds out of the north, we towed over to Barry Hamilton's Essex Marina. This was our second visit to Essex and like the first during the 2004 Inaugural Tour, was in support of the Essex's 200th Anniversary celebration. We had received special support for this visit from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. On this visit, with much of our permanent crew off in preparation for the final departure south, our dedicated volunteers provided exceptional visitor support. Over the three days we hosted more than 500 visitors aboard.

I gave a public lecture Friday night focused on the "American Legacy" of the Revolutionary War and on Saturday spoke to the Annual meeting of the Adirondack Architectural Heritage organization about sailing canal boats and commercial history. Following the lecture, the group divided in half and viewed the extraordinary 19th century Essex architecture while the other half came aboard Lois McClure.

Once again, the community of Essex embraced us and, for me, it returned that special dynamic that we had experienced so often last season which I have come to describe as spontaneous "acts of kindness". Mrs. Wade brought down some of her Mock family maritime photographs and history; a woman gave us an historical novel "White Ox" by Leon Dean; Bill McClay made the crew breakfast every morning; Mr. Allore brought down family canal boat documents; members of the community gave housing to some of the crew; and a Bill Kissam's donated canal boat model was raffled off, in part, for the benefit of LCMM. The good feelings were shared all around.

When Lois McClure and C.L. Churchill headed back to Basin Harbor to begin the de-masting process, it was smiles all around for crew, volunteers and folks from Essex.

Best regards,
Art


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